ASP Is Good Actually

Well color me happily surprised to see that WACK newest bowels-of-hell creation ANAL SEX PENiS decided to follow up the post-April Fool’s reveal of members’ crania last week with some music that better fits the, um, talent. Not that we didn’t all love hearing Jun and his friends half-key their way through a promising tune, of course, just that the recording felt like letting the cat halfway out of the bag, and then the photo reveal dropped all pretense of even having a bag in the first place.

Anyway, yeah, we now know that the members of ASP are not in fact weird bondage performers but are (probably) (mostly) (emphasis on the parentheses here) “normal” idols, and probably all women at that. The visuals are fairly clear! The voices here doubly so!

I do rather enjoy this “traditional” method of WACK reveal, from the playful mystery to the rollout with the kinds of songs that WACK traditionally specializes in, other than Kentacore:

That rocks faces, it does. The second song in the set is, of course, the OG recorded with actual members’ voices: Continue reading

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Hell on Fire, EIMIE

One of the more enjoyable but oddly unsung (’round these parts) units in idol the past couple of years has been EIMIE. Granted, I missed a big chunk of their emergence last year, but in the intervening time it’s been interesting to watch what used to seem like a fairly straightforward rock unit turn into something more. And in their latest, “something more” seems to be a genre-less x-core monstrosity that I send to half the people I know with various emoji to accompany it and I get back a range of responses (most no worse than neutral!) also via emoji, and then somebody does the cry-laughing thing and outright says “WHAT THE HELL IS THAT”. My kind of track.

Anyway, the latest! Dropped in rough conjunction with their band-accompanied one-man a week and change ago, and really just all kinds of fun. I meant to share it much sooner, but it’s not too late! Consider it fresh and full of rapping and even references to an MC and also chunky and loud and heavy and I’m kind of in love with it. Continue reading

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We Got That New akugi Track and Stuff, for It Is Neat

So you may have seen and/or heard that recent Codomomental debutante akugi dropped a preview track yesterday, which wasn’t foreshadowed so much as all but outwardly promised after some heavy-handed tweets and enough of a timeline (if you pay attention to such things) since the last drop that it only made sense.

And of course we missed the boat! It happens, man. Life gets busy. But communities and Teams are nice and helpful things, and of course we didn’t miss the boat completely, we just had to chase after it in a little fishing dinghy with a vintage outboard that we commandeered at knifepoint from some poor sap who just wanted to toss his line in the water, maybe get a nice catfish for dinner. Poor guy. But not poor us, for we have the song, and you’d better believe that we’re going to share it after the jump in imitation of the usual format for these posts, and boy oh boy if syva hates that fans share his songs after the preview windows close under normal circumstances, I can only imagine how he’ll feel about this. Continue reading

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Team Homicidols Reacts … to the New BiSH Song!

The damn thing’s already been viewed more times than most idol groups can hope for their entire lifetimes’ video corpus, so I doubt that you aren’t aware of the new digital single from BiSH. Theme song? You betcha! Starring Atsuko? As it should! Kenta? Is there any other way?

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: RIPLIE

Oh man, when was the last time we posted two consecutive Let’s Discovers, especially from two different people? Weird. But this is what happens when the MVs and major announcements (that are worth posting about) and stuff are kind of rare yet. It’s a good thing, you know? New and emerging idols are kind of the lifeblood of this whole goofy scene, what with the constant disbandments and graduations and all. And when we get a debut that feels kind of pre-fab and already likely to drop like a bomb, that’s kind of interesting!

Which brings us to RIPLIE, who first bubbled to notice around these parts when SENANAN (who is producer-san here) made it known that she had this thing started up. Of course people then flocked to see what would happen and when, and the when is “in a week” and the what is pretty much what you’d expect from SENANAN driving an idol unit themed around the consequences of being an always-online blowhard!

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NEO JAPONISM Is Modern Idol Writ Small

NEO JAPONISM, who absolutely own and really need more love among you blockheads, released their latest album, THE SPIRIT, about six weeks ago. We did the lead single when it dropped, and frankly I thought that was going to be the end of it. But then this morning brought a shining ray of more NEO JAPONISM MV to gawk at, and in doing so I had a thought that hadn’t struck me when listening to the album, but suddenly seemed fairly clear: If Yanakoto Sotto Mute are the perfect modern idols, are NeoJap the most modern idols?

Let’s do that MV:

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INforMEL and the Best for Last

This new MV from INforMEL was slated for the Weekender until I actually took a minute to watch it just now. I’ve had my head down a lot lately, with a lot of Day Job plus a training boot camp for another potential change in field PLUS a new course that I’m taking to do the job I already have somewhat better, oh and the pandemic rages on despite everybody in this country doing their level best to pretend that isn’t the case* and likely to start dying by the truckload in the next few weeks so it’s somehow now even more dangerous to go outside to, like, run or hike or something. That’s all been on my mind, and I’m tired in the first place, and I just kind of needed something to hit right, put a positive spin on things, provide a bit of uplift.

So INforMEL provided:

Now I’m feeling pretty good and kind of just want the post to end. Nothing else to say, right? It is what it is, let it stand on its own, maybe make a fart joke on the way out.

Oh but right, INforMEL graduated everybody and this was their swan song:

WHY IS THE VENUE CALLED THAT

Well that’s not a good mood-maker at all! Crud. I guess now we wait to see if/what/when happens next with INforMEL.

*Never forget that all politicians are sociopaths and human life has no meaning to them

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: 340.29m/s

So let’s talk about the speed of sound. It varies, right? Like there’s the speed of sound in air at particular temperatures and also different altitudes (because density), and it moves better in water and even better through conductive solids — a block of Velveeta, I hear, is actually a terrible medium for sound to move through. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SPEED OF SOUND MOVING THROUGH IDOLS? That is apparently 340.29m/s.

Which brings us to 340.20m/s (Twitter), who are actually coming up on their second anniversary and have been plenty busy in the chika realm in that time, for instance having released this sucker on Monday:

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Hikicomo Teikoku, New Single, Various

It is incumbent upon those of us who like to follow newly emerged loudol acts to continuously follow those newly emerged loudol acts. Some make it easier than others, yes, and there are always plenty whose inevitable two-months-later demise elicits the “Oh no! Anyway” meme more than any actual upset, but I think it’s necessary for a person in my exalted position to routinely revisit the promising newbies, try to drive some energy their way, bolster the ol’ get-up-and-go, you know?

So, among my personal favorite 2020 debuts that I was kind of late to the party on we have Hikicomo Teikoku, the shut-in idols whose very existence is so meta that I can barely stand it. They have a new single, obviously, or rather did two weeks ago, but I haven’t done a thing yet to make you all want to hear it or potentially later buy it from them, so let’s talk about it, and also check in more while we’re at it! Continue reading

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HIMEGOTOZETTAICHI Has Been Dropping Lots of Singles So Let’s Listen to Them

I can’t even remember why I wrote “Himego” in my little running notes document — smartphones! — a few days ago, but it definitely did act as a prompt to look up the never-followed-enough-come-on-you-guys HIMEGOTOZETTAICHI and have several lovely surprises in a row, and I’m going to share them with you even though the first has been completely ruined by the post title.

First! Holy hell, of course there’s a physical release on the way, but I had no idea that Himegoto was dropping digital singles all over the virtual airwaves, like almost one every two weeks since the start of the year:

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